Fatherhood is as Serious as a Heart Attack... Literally
A new study (described in this article
and in many other places) has found that fathers are less likely than other men to die of heart disease.
To summarize, "childless men were 17 percent more likely to have died of heart disease during the decade [under study] than the men who were fathers." The article goes on to talk about the potential link between infertility and heart disease, which is very interesting.
But I really like what the researcher says towards the end of the article:
"There may be more than just a biologic reason" for the childless mens higher risk of dying of heart disease, (Dr. Michael) Eisenberg says. After all, other studies have shown men who live alone tend to die sooner than men who dont, he says, and maybe having kids spurs men to take better care of themselves.
We often say here at NFI that in order to be a good father you have to be alive
. We know that one of the biggest motivators for men around a variety of issues is their children. Taking care of their health appears to be no different.
I know in my own life that since my son was born, I have been much more interested in staying healthy - my wife and I have gone through P90X
, and are doing Insanity
as we speak.
And this is why NFI does its fit2father campaign
every year. In fact, you should take the pledge today
to join other dads in getting healthy for their kids' sakes!
So, we are not necessarily surprised by the conclusion and interpretation of this new study. However, men do still live about 6 years less than women, and one of the reasons is that they don't go to the doctor nearly as often as women do. So, while we know that having children motivates men to do better, they still have a ways to go to make sure they are doing all they can to be around for their children for as long, and as healthily, as possible.